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Launch of the Women's Aid Annual Report 2012

12 June 2013

Women's Aid Annual Report Launch

Women's Aid announced details of contacts with its Domestic Violence Direct Services in 2012.  Last year, the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline and One to One Support Services heard 16,200 disclosures of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of women.  We also noted an additional 3,230 disclosures of child abuse.

Research and Women’s Aid’s own experience shows that  domestic violence is a very common context in which child abuse takes place and that the more severe the domestic violence is against the mother, the higher the risk of abuse against the children in the home.  Women’s Aid calls for greater recognition of the links between domestic violence and child abuse and says that the Government can take steps to immediately increase the safety of vulnerable women and children.  The figures from Women’s Aid show that threats, abuse, intimidation and violence are a daily reality for thousands of women and children across Ireland.

The launch event was very well attended and heard presentations from Margaret Martina and Linda Smith from Women's Aid and Ursula Regan, family law practitioner and Chair of Women's Aid Board of Directors.

Related materials

Linda Smith, Manager of the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline

Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid, Powerpoint Presentation

Making Women's Voices Heard, Speech delivered by Margaret Martin

Women's Aid Annual Report 2012

Media Release: 55% increase in child abuse reports to Women’s Aid in 2012


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